Peter Moore (businessman)

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Peter Moore
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Peter Moore at Liverpool FC in 2017
Born 1955 (age 62–63)[1]
Liverpool, Merseyside, England, United Kingdom[1]
Residence Liverpool
Nationality British
Citizenship American and British (Dual citizenship)
Alma mater Keele University
California State University, Long Beach
Occupation CEO
Employer Liverpool Football Club
Known for Career in Sega, Microsoft and Electronic Arts

Peter Moore (1955) is a British business executive best known for his former positions as Corporate Vice-President of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business division, overseeing the Xbox and Xbox 360 game consoles, and president of SEGA of America. From 2007 to 2017, he was head of Electronic Arts' EA Sports game division. He resigned from Electronic Arts in February 2017 to become CEO of Liverpool Football Club.

Life and career

Moore was born in Liverpool, England. He holds a bachelor's degree from Keele University, England, and a master's degree from California State University. He worked for Patrick USA, the US subsidiary of a French sportswear company, and then at Reebok for almost two decades.[2] He also was a physical education teacher for a number of years.[3]

Sega

After Reebok, Moore was hired by Bernie Stolar to work at Sega. Despite his son owning a Sega Saturn, Moore knew little about video games.[4] However, Moore quickly rose to prominence at Sega, being a big figure in the company's North American operations during the Dreamcast era. Moore played a pivotal role in the company's decision to change its business strategy to become a platform-agnostic software publisher. At the time of leaving, Moore was president and COO of Sega of America.

Moore has been proud of the success of the Dreamcast game console and the satisfaction that owners still express today; including fans of the Shenmue game franchise, which Moore describes as the most vocal fan base during his career at Sega. Moore disclosed to GamingSteve.com that at a security checkpoint at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, a TSA security agent said "I don't need to see your passport. You're the asshole that gave away Shenmue to Xbox". Many blame Moore for using Sega as a career ladder while misusing Sega.[5] However, Moore has admitted to being responsible for the discontinuation of the Dreamcast. He said:

We had a tremendous 18 months. Dreamcast was on fire – we really thought that we could do it. But then we had a target from Japan that said we had to make x hundreds of millions of dollars by the holiday season and shift x millions of units of hardware, otherwise we just couldn't sustain the business. So on January 31st, 2001, we said Sega is leaving hardware. We were selling 50,000 units a day, then 60,000, then 100,000, but it was just not going to be enough to get the critical mass to take on the launch of PS2. Somehow I got to make that call, not the Japanese. I had to fire a lot of people; it was not a pleasant day.[6]

During his stint at Sega, Moore also portrayed a zombie in the film adaptation of House of the Dead along with producer of the original game Rikiya Nakagawa. Both are credited at the end of the film under "Special Thanks".[7]

In 2012, a history book titled Service Games: Rise and Fall of Sega covered Moore's entire career at SEGA.[8]

Microsoft

In January 20, 2003, Microsoft hired Moore to help the Xbox console to compete with Sony's PlayStation 2 and Nintendo's GameCube. At Microsoft, Moore gained notoriety for displaying tattoos of Halo 2 and Grand Theft Auto IV[9] that he used when announcing the respective games (the former was used to announce Halo 2's release date of 9 November 2004, while the latter was used to announce Grand Theft Auto IV). Some sources claim that the Halo 2 tattoo was not permanent[10] and others have reported that Moore still has it.[11]

Moore also reportedly endorsed the Wii console as an alternative over the PlayStation 3, claiming that for the price of one PlayStation 3 (US$599 at the time), the consumer can buy both the Xbox 360 and Wii.[12]

Electronic Arts

On 17 July 2007, Electronic Arts announced that Peter Moore would be leaving Microsoft to head the sports division at Electronic Arts.[13] Moore reportedly wanted to move back to the San Francisco Bay area to live with his family, which was possible with EA. His position as Vice-President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft was filled by Don Mattrick (who later also left Microsoft to join Zynga as CEO).

Moore was parodied in an episode of South Park, Season 15's Crack Baby Athletic Association, focusing on the NCAA's relationship with Electronic Arts.[14][15] On 4 August 2011, Moore was promoted from EA Sports President to the role of chief operating officer in a structure reshuffle.[16]

In an interview with the game press on 20 June 2012, Moore predicts the radical shift of the gaming industry's business model towards free-to-play, he believed within 10 years the industry would have entirely shifted.[17] Under his leadership, games such as Star Wars: The Old Republic[18] and then still under development, Command & Conquer: Generals 2, changed focus from a single player campaign game into a free-to-play multiplayer game with microtransactions.[19]

On 10 December 2015, Moore was appointed as the "Chief Competition Officer" of EA's newly formed competitive gaming division.[20]

Liverpool FC

Moore left EA and was announced as the new CEO of the Liverpool Football Club on 27 February 2017. Moore took up his new role on 1 June 2017 and reported directly to the club's owners, Fenway Sports Group.[21][22]

References

  1. ^ a b "Peter Moore: Who is Liverpool FC's incoming new CEO?". 1 March 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ "EA Sports Chief Names His Brand's 2008 Highlight, Predicts Fitness Gaming Boom". MTV. 20 November 2008. Archived from the original on 27 December 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  3. ^ Thorsen, Tor (13 November 2008). "Q&A: EA Sports Active-ating Wii". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 25 May 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  4. ^ "The Rise And Fall Of The Dreamcast". Gamasutra. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Gaming Steve Episode 56 – 06.19.2006". GamingSteve. 19 June 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Peter Moore Interview: Part One". The Guardian. 15 September 2008. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Peter Moore, una carriera da ricordare" (in Italian). 11 March 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018. Moore viene persino citato dal film, insieme con il produttore del gioco originale, Rikiya Nakagawa. Entrambi, nel film, meritano un "ringraziamento speciale" nei credits finali (English: Moore is even mentioned by the movie, along with original game producer, Rikiya Nakagawa. Both, in the movie, gain a "Special Thanks" in final credits)
  8. ^ "Service Games history book now shipping". 18 January 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  9. ^ "GTA IV Announcement at E3 2006". YouTube. Retrieved 15 January 2008.
  10. ^ "Peter Moore's 'tattoo". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 12 May 2004. Archived from the original on 28 December 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Yes, That Halo Tattoo Is Real". Kotaku. 11 May 2006. Archived from the original on 5 September 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Moore Rubbishes PS3 Pricing Strategy, consumers will buy Wii plus a 360 instead". 11 May 2006. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  13. ^ John Riccitiello (5 June 2007). "Offer Letter". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Electronic Arts. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  14. ^ Dan Ryckert (7 December 2011). "South Park's Homages To Gaming". Game Informer. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Crack Baby Athletic Association". South Park. Season 15. Episode 5. 25 May 2011. Comedy Central. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  16. ^ "EA's Peter Moore Promoted to Chief Operating Officer". 1UP.com. 4 August 2011. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  17. ^ Totilo, Stephen. "The Strange, Scary, Fascinating, Exciting Future of Video Games, According to A Giant". Kotaku. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  18. ^ Karmali, Luke (2012-06-21). "EA's Peter Moore: Free-to-Play is an "Inevitability"". IGN. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  19. ^ "Command & Conquer: Generals 2 will be free to play as part of online C&C series". pcgamer. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
  20. ^ "Announcing the EA Competitive Gaming Division, Led by Peter Moore". Electronic Arts. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  21. ^ "Peter Moore to be appointed LFC's chief executive officer". Liverpool F.C. 27 February 2017. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  22. ^ Owen Good (27 February 2017). "EA executive Peter Moore becomes CEO of Liverpool FC". Polygon. Retrieved 15 January 2018.

External links

  • "PeterMooreBlog". Electronic Arts. Archived from the original on 9 March 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  • "Peter Moore, (Former) Corporate Vice President, Interactive Entertainment Business, Entertainment and Devices Division". Microsoft. Archived from the original on 18 December 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
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